With inflation soaring, and the Office of Budgetary Responsibility warning that Brits are facing "the biggest fall in living standards" since records began, the mini-budget hasn't received much praise.
Not least because one of the public's major concerns is the soaring cost of their energy bills, which the statement didn't cover and the RAC have said the 5p cut to fuel duty doesn't begin to address people's budgetary concerns.
All this and more was reflected in the newspapers, of course, which regardless of their political allegiance ripped Sunak into shreds and pointed out the issues Brits will face moving forward.
Here's a rundown of how the nationals covered the mini-budget:
The Daily Express:
THE FORGOTTEN MILLIONS SAY: WHAT ABOUT US?
Tomorrow's front page: The forgotten millions say: what about us?\n#TomorrowsPapersToday\nhttps://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1585273/pensions-news-latest-rishi-sunak-update-spring-statement-state-pension-triple-lock\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/J0pOJySldk
Pundits and journalists were even surprised by how negative the coverage was:
Wow. Tomorrow\u2019s front pages are terrible for the Tories, even the ones who normally lap up any old guff they\u2019re given from CCHQ. I thought they\u2019d get a free ride for at least 24 hours from the usual sycophants. Apparently not.
I\u2019m surprised by how negative the front pages are today. I\u2019d assumed 5p off fuel duty and 1p off income tax would buy a day\u2019s good press from the usually supportive papers.pic.twitter.com/vu6X66Inm9
It appears the media is aligned with public opinion. A snap poll by YouGov found that 69 per cent believe the government has not done enough to help with the cost of living crisis and 42 per cent say the policies won't benefit them very much.